Trip Overview 

Situated approximately 1,000 miles off the east coast of Africa and 310 nautical miles southwest of Mahe, Alphonse is a tiny, triangular coral island that it is one of three formations in a small and isolated group: Alphonse in the north, Bijoutier in the middle, and St. François in the south. This is, without a doubt, a distant and very exotic destination, with a fishery that may be the most diverse in the entire world of saltwater fly fishing. In the Alphonse and St. François fishing areas, a small number of weekly guests have exclusive access to over 10,000 acres of hard white sand flats, setting the region apart from others in the Indian Ocean. And with consistent, unpressured populations of bonefish, trevally, milkfish and other species, even novice fly anglers can spot and cast to fish with relative ease. As much as we hate to throw around the phrase "trip of a lifetime," a week fishing Alphonse is an experience that no doubt qualifies as such.

 

Destination Quick Facts 

Allphonse Island Resort - Yellow Dog Flyfishing AdventuresLOCATION:  Alphonse Atoll, Seychelles (Outer Islands)

SEASON:  Early August to the last week in May each season (the longest season of operations in the Seychelles)

CAPACITY:  Maximum of 12 anglers per week

CLOSEST MAJOR AIR HUB:  Mahe, Seychelles (SEZ)

TARGET SPECIES:  Giant trevally, milkfish, bonefish, Indo-Pacific permit, bluefin trevally, golden trevally, emperor fish, sharks, triggerfish, barracuda and more

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED:  Valid passport. No visa required for citizens of most countries.

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ACCOMMODATIONS

Lodging Details
Accommodations on Alphonse are either in private, stand-alone beach chalets, or in larger one-bedroom beach villas. All accommodations feature en-suite sunken baths, “open air” outdoor deck showers, air conditioning, and direct access to the beach. There is also a main reception and dining area and a large, freshwater swimming pool. The island has its own reef-created lagoon with amazing white-sand beaches that completely surround the Resort. Accommodations are usually one person to a chalet, unless you are traveling as a couple or family, when a larger beach villa may be appropriate. Each chalet has plenty of room to spread out, sort gear and equipment, and to sleep comfortably in large, queen-sized beds. The one-bedroom villas are extremely spacious and discreet, with a large lounge area as well as an additional guest bathroom. Each guest is issued a bicycle for the week, which is the primary (i.e. only) form of transportation on this small island. You ride your bike to the main lodge and restaurant area for meals, and to the fishing center each morning to meet the transfer boat to St. Francois for your day of fishing. You can also use your bike to fish on your own in the late afternoons and early evenings on Alphonse’s home flats.

Food and Beverages
The menu at Alphonse features exceptional European and Creole food served by a gracious staff in beautiful beachfront surroundings. After dinner each evening, guests can retire to their air conditioned accommodations for an early night or sip a cocktail or two in the common area bar, while sitting on the beach, or while relaxing around the pool. The bar at the resort is fully-stocked with everything you could want. You can run a bar tab over the course of the week and settle up when you check out at the end of the week.

Typical Length of Stay
The standard Alphonse Island package is seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days. Arrival and departure days to and from Alphonse are on Saturdays.

Non-Angling Activities and Options
Those wanting to relax can take a swim in the freshwater pool or nap on one of the surrounding loungers, sipping a cocktail or enjoying a snooze in the warmth of the Indian Ocean sunshine. The more energetic can utilize the non-motorized watercraft, snorkel around the Alphonse lagoon, or wander the shoreline. The island is equipped with pedal boats, windsurfers, laser sailboats and kayaks, allowing you to explore the vast lagoon. Every guest on Alphonse Island will have a bicycle to use as the primary mode of transport during the week. This is the perfect way to explore Alphonse by road and jungle trail. There are many small paths and roads cut between the dense coconut groves allowing access to the most remote places on the island. Ride the edge of the runway, visit the far points of the island or explore the old island cemetery by bike.

Dive and Scuba Options on Alphonse
If you’re planning a dive trip to the Seychelles, then Alphonse Island is hands-down the best option in the entire region. Hailed as one of the most remote and unspoiled outer islands in the Seychelles, Alphonse is the perfect destination for scuba divers of all abilities. Alphonse Island’s on-site PADI dive centre has an experienced team of certified professionals dedicated to ensuring the safety of divers and protecting the underwater environment while providing exciting diving adventures. There are 24 unique dives sites that surround Alphonse Island, all of which are easily reached in under 30 minutes on comfortable purpose-built dive boats. Group sizes are small, with no more than 6 divers per guide. Private dive excursions can also be arranged. The Alphonse dive center provides 5-star service with all equipment prepared on the boat before guests arrive, which means that there is no need to carry heavy dive cylinders on this holiday. 

Diving into the warm tropical waters of Alphonse Island reveals a vibrant array of coral and fish as far as the eye can see. Forests of giant gorgonian sea fans, sea whips and black corals can be viewed along the precipitous drop-off and the incredible hard coral formations on the plateau are a magnificent sight to behold. Green and Hawksbill turtles and countless reef fish are abundant with vast schools of fusilier, snapper and emperor always around. The large numbers and sizes of fish are what make diving at Alphonse Island particularly special, giving people the chance to see what a coral reef can look like with limited fishing pressure. Napoleon wrasse, giant sweetlips and an array of large grouper species are seen on every dive, which gives a good indication of the health of the fish population. The highlights of diving in the waters surrounding Alphonse Island include the chance to see Manta ray and squadrons of Eagle ray, a ‘Wolf Pack’ of hundreds of Bluefin trevally and associates patrolling or even attacking prey on the reef, groups of Bumphead parrotfish, schools of batfish numbering in the hundreds as well as interesting animal behavior such as nesting triggerfish. For divers that like to search for the smaller critters on the reef there are also chances to see a variety of pipefish, shrimps, porcelain crabs, leaf scorpionfish, as well as nudibranchs and flatworms. These unique encounters with marine life make diving at Alphonse Island nothing short of spectacular! The Alphonse Island Dive center offers a full suite of PADI courses from Discover Scuba diving to Divemaster. Prior to arriving at Alphonse Island, beginners can liaise with the expert staff and complete their written assignments and assessments at home using PADIs online learning tools, so there is no written work to undertake once on the island and they can dive straight in!  Advanced divers can develop new skill sets all endorsed by the world leading training agency the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI).  These include PADI Underwater Naturalist, PADI Deep Diver, PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy, PADI Digital Underwater Imaging, AWARE Shark Conservation, AWARE Coral Reef Conservation, AWARE Dive Against Debris, AWARE Specialist and AWARE Fish Identification.
 
The PADI Certified Dive Centre at Alphonse Island also encourages children to learn to dive.  The centre offers exclusive dives to families where children from the age of 8 can experience the wonders of scuba diving with their parents. For those who do not wish to dive the depths of the Indian Ocean, Alphonse Island offers guests the opportunity to view the magnificent array of aquatic life with daily snorkeling boat trips.

Internet / Communications
The Resort does feature Wi-Fi in the main lodge and bar area. The connection is usually strong enough for emails and Skype calls. Each guest chalet has an in-room telephone as well, where calls can be made using standard credit and calling cards.

FISHING

General Information
Considered by many anglers to be the finest saltwater fly fishing destination in the world, the flats of St. François and Alphonse collectively offer over 10,000 acres of perfect wading and amazing shallow-water opportunities. When you take into account the number of species in this fishery, the seclusion, the pristine scenery, and the action, this is truly a fishery unlike any other on the planet. Anglers are guided by professional, experienced guides using the latest skiffs and most up-to-date equipment. With a running record of more than 60 different species landed on the fly, Alphonse redefines the concept of angling diversity. Here you will find bonefish in extraordinary numbers as well as several different species of trevally, milkfish, triggerfish, permit, and a host of other reef and flats species.

On your arrival day, once you have settled in and enjoyed a welcome cocktail, you will be able to do an exploratory trip around the island of Alphonse and fish the afternoon on your own. The home flats of Alphonse offer some of the most rewarding bonefishing you will experience all week. Grab an 8 or 9-weight rod and head down to the southwestern point of the island, where schools of two to five pound bones are found on a regular basis. If the tide is right, tailing fish can be caught late into the evening. If you are keen on catching something other than bones, then standing on the edges of the lagoon and casting small weighted flies will produce numerous different species of snapper grouper, trevally, and the occasional GT.

On normal fishing days, anglers will gather each morning at the Alphonse Fishing Center before loading the “shuttle” catamaran that will take the group to the flats of St. François - a trip of roughly 40 minutes. Upon entering the St. François lagoon, anglers are then transferred to their skiff for the day. Guiding takes place on a rotational basis, allowing anglers to experience all facets of the fishery and to fish with a different guide each day. Virtually all fishing is done by wading, with both anglers fishing simultaneously. Casting from the boats for trevally and milkfish, however, is productive in certain situations and the skiffs are often needed for following hooked milkfish or big trevally. Lunch is taken either on the Mothership or on the skiffs, depending on client preference.

Boats and Equipment
Fishing and access to the St. Francois Atoll is via the large transfer boat, St. Francois. Each day you will typically fish two-anglers-to-a-boat out of individual skiffs, depending on client preference. Alphonse does offer a full line-up of rods and reels available for client use, although it is recommended that you bring your own equipment. Flies, leaders, terminal tackle, and a variety of shorts, hats and other soft goods are available for purchase at the fishing center.

TRAVEL DETAILS

How To Get There
The primary airport and access hub for the Seychelles is the Mahe International Airport (SEZ). The Seychelles is served by several internationally scheduled flights, including direct services from London (Heathrow) with Air Seychelles, Paris with Air France, Johannesburg with Air Seychelles and Dubai with Emirates. From the U.S. you will typically fly to Paris, London or Dubai, and from there fly directly to Mahe (SEZ). Each flight is approximately 10 to 14 hours long. Guests should plan to arrive on Mahe the day before and overnight in order to catch the Saturday morning flight to Alphonse.

Arrival and Departure Details / Times
Guests should plan to arrive on Mahe the day before and overnight! The transfer flight departs Mahe at approximately 9:00 AM and arrives in Alphonse at 10:00 AM. On the following Saturday, you should plan your international flight to depart Mahe (SEZ) no earlier than 6:30 PM, which is not really a problem since most international flights depart between 9:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

Documents Required
All U.S. citizens are required to have a valid passport that does not expire within six (6) months of trips dates. Please be sure that your passport has at least two blank, unstamped pages remaining in back, and that it is not torn, delaminated, or damaged in any way. UK, US, EU and RSA passport holders do not require a visa for entering the country of the Seychelles for vacation purposes.

PLEASE NOTE:  Alphonse will no longer allow clients board the IDC charter flight to Alphonse, Astove or Cosmoledo unless they have already submitted proof of applicable medevac coverage and that all the information regarding their medevac, emergency numbers and next of kin details are supplied to Yellow Dog and the operators before the trip. If an emergency arises, it is important to have this information ‘at the ready’ so the crew on location may assist in the best possible way. 

Travel Arrangements
Yellow Dog offers a full in-house travel and reservations system, and can assist with airline tickets, hotels, transfers and all travel logistics for every destination that we offer. Contact us at 888-777-5060 or travel [at] yellowdogflyfishing [dot] com for more details on airfare ticketing, travel services and trip insurance.

Luggage Weight Restrictions
The inner-island flight are private charters that are operated by IDC. FOr all of these transfer flight, the IDC will usually enforce the 15 kilograms (33 pounds) main luggage / 5 kilograms (11 pounds) hand luggage rule for all passengers boarding aircrafts to Alphonse Island, Farquhar, Cosmoledo and Astove Atolls. Passengers that fail to comply with the restrictions may be instructed to unpack their overweight luggage and may have to leave the unpacked goods in Mahe at their expense. Uusally the IDC will not make any exceptions to this rule, as all flights to the outer islands and atolls fly full. Please be aware that there is not an option to pay ‘overweight’ baggage fees, as the aircrafts can only carry so much cargo.

RATES

Package Rates
Remember that Yellow Dog's services are completely free! When you book a trip with Yellow Dog, you never pay more than when you book directly with the lodge or outfitter. All prices listed below are per person and quoted in US dollars.

2017-2018 Alphonse Island Resort Rates (Effective January 1, 2017-July 31, 2018)
All Alphonse packages are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days, based on a Saturday to Saturday stay. For a single angler, the following package price includes single occupancy of chalet and double occupancy fishing. There are no single supplement charges on accommodations for this trip!



Beach Bungalow Fly Fishing Package (including charter flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe)
Total = $9,250.00

Non-Angler Rate (Beach Bungalow sharing with angler and including charter flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe)
Total = $6,000.00

Children (2-17 years old with private accommodations and including charter flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe)
Total = $3,550.00

Children (1-23 Months) = NO CHARGE
Round-Trip Charter Flight - Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe = NO CHARGE
 

2018-2019 Alphonse Island Resort Rates (Effective August 1, 2018-May 29, 2019)
All Alphonse packages are seven (7) nights / six (6) fishing days, based on a Saturday to Saturday stay. For a single angler, the following package price includes single occupancy of chalet and double occupancy fishing. There are no single supplement charges on accommodations for this trip!



Beach Bungalow Fly Fishing Package (including charter flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe)
Total = $9,495.00

Non-Angler Rate (Beach Bungalow sharing with angler and including charter flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe)
Total = $6,385.00

Children (2-17 years old with private accommodations and including charter flight: Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe)
Total = $3,585.00

Children (1-23 Months) = NO CHARGE
Round-Trip Charter Flight - Mahe/Alphonse/Mahe = NO CHARGE
 
SINGLE SKIFF SUPPLEMENT:  $3000.00 per week to guarantee upgrade to a private skiff/guide for all six days of fishing.
 
ACCOMMODATION UPGRADES TO LARGER BEACH SUITES: Available upon request for an additional charge. Contact Yellow Dog for details. Beach Suites are ideal for couples, families and non-anglers.
 
* During the months of August, September and May, guests can take a 10% discount off of above rates for early and late-season shoulder rates. Contact Yellow Dog for exact rates and deatils.
 
Please note that there will also be a $175.00 per person conservation levy for the week, which will be added to your initial Yellow Dog trip invoice. 

 

What's Included

  • Check in assistance at terminal in Mahe for IDC flight to Alphonse
  • Seven nights of accommodations at Alphonse Island Resort
  • Six fully guided days of fishing
  • All meals on Alphonse
  • Round-trip charter flight from Mahe to Alphonse ($1,300.00 per person) that is automatically added to all packages
  • Use of non-motorized water craft, bicycles and tennis courts

What's Not Included

  • International flights to Mahe International Airport (SEZ)
  • Per person Alphonse Conservation Levy of $175.00 (added to initial trip invoice)
  • Any overnight hotel, taxi or other costs in Mahe
  • Alcohol and other beverages at Alphonse Island Resort
  • Incidentals and fly shop purchases on the island
  • Gratuities for staff and guides
  • Mandatory travel and medical evacuation insurance (available through Yellow Dog)

OTHER INFO

Fishing days are approximately eight hours long, starting with your arrival on the flats each morning. Each day, breakfast is available in the main restaurant area from 6:00 AM. All anglers meet at the fishing office at 7:00 AM each morning, by which time the guides and staff will have organized and laoded your equipment on the larger transfer boat. Your rods and other equipment can stay on the transport boat for the remainder of your week, eliminating the necessity of off-loading and transporting gear each day. Fresh water will be provided to rinse your tackle at the end of each fishing day.